ULTRASOUND - TIFFA WITH FOETAL ECHO CARDIOGRAPHY

ULTRASOUND - TIFFA WITH FOETAL ECHO CARDIOGRAPHY

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TIFFA scan is usually advised by the Obstetricians during the second trimester.TIFFA scan uses ultrasound to screen for foetal abnormalities. It checks for both the internal and external anomalies during the prenatal period. Fetal echocardiography?is a?test?that is similar to an ultrasound. It is usually done during the second trimester of pregnancy. Fetal echo allows your doctor to see the structure and function of your unborn child?s heart.Where is ultrasound useful? Ultrasound is used in many parts of the body, specifically to view the fetus, for other gynecological abnormalities and to view the abdomen, orbits, thyroid gland, breast, testes, etc. Are there any dangers? There is no known danger to the use of ultrasound Are there any dyes in ultrasound, as in X-rays? As of now there are no "dyes" injected in routine ultrasound practice. Contrast media however are being evaluated for use in clinical trials. Who is qualified to do ultrasound? Only radiologists trained in ultrasound should perform these investigations. In many situations, however, gynecologists also perform ultrasound examinations on their own patients; if adequately trained/certified, this is acceptable.


Why is ULTRASOUND - TIFFA WITH FOETAL ECHO CARDIOGRAPHY done ?

This exam is done to see the structure and function of your unborn child's heart. It shows if all four chambers of their baby’s heart have developed. This test is also done if:

  • Your unborn child is at risk for a heart abnormality or other disorder present at birth
  • You have a family history of heart disease
  • You already have a child with a heart condition
  • You’ve used drugs or alcohol during your pregnancy

ULTRASOUND - TIFFA WITH FOETAL ECHO CARDIOGRAPHY Instructions

CCO:
No food intake for atleast 8 hours before the Ultrasound scan is done.Ask the patient if any barium studies were done in the past 2days. Ask the patient to drink atleast 1-2 litres of water one hour before the test.Patient must have full bladder before the test is performed.Patient should not empty their bladder before the test is completed.

SLAs:
For Ultrasound test scheduled before 2 PM eConsultation will be scheduled before 9 PM same day and the physical reports to be delivered by 10 PM same day
For Ultrasound test scheduled after 2 PM eConsultation to start from 8 AM next day and the physical reports to be delivered starting from 8 AM next day

FACILITATOR:
Confirm the compliance of preparations required.

SLAs:
For Ultrasound test scheduled before 2 PM eConsultation will be scheduled before 9 PM same day and the physical reports to be delivered by 10 PM same day
For Ultrasound test scheduled after 2 PM eConsultation to start from 8 AM next day and the physical reports to be delivered starting from 8 AM next day

Why is ULTRASOUND - TIFFA WITH FOETAL ECHO CARDIOGRAPHY ?

Ultrasound TIFFA scan or a Targeted Imaging for Foetal Anomalies is also popularly known as foetal anomaly scan. It is usually performed between 18-23 weeks of pregnancy and ultrasound is the main diagnostic tool that is used to detect congenital abnormalities of the foetus . It can be a 3-dimensional scan or 4 -dimensional. Though a basic examination of the 4 chambers of the heart and connecting vessels are done during the TIFFA scan, a detailed foetal echocardiography scan is recommended for women with family history of heart abnormalities or if a previous child is affected or an increased nuchal.